“Snow Predicted”

Snow Predicted - Oil on Canvass“Snow Predicted”

Yeah, that’s about as iconic as one can get when it comes to how so many Americans react to any prediction of severe weather. 🙄

Related Reading:

Animals in Winter (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science)
Snow & Rose
Snow (Sunburst Books)
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder
Over and Under the Snow

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Painted In Blood & Irony

During the morning of Tuesday, September 29, 2015 a street artist, identified by friends as Antonio Ramos, in Oakland, CA was gunned down and killed while working on a community art project, the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project which is a project sponsored by Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing Connection.

Straight Outta Oakland
Straight Outta Oakland – Painted In Blood & Irony

Yes, this is sad. Indeed, it approaches the level of tragedy. It should, however, have been an expected outcome. It’s not rational to believe that one can to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through arts, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities in the ghettos and barrios. Crime and depravity are too entrenched for such efforts to work at any meaningful level and too many of the population of those zones will actively work against such efforts.

At best, such civic minded entertainments should await comprehensive law enforcement purges of the ghettos and barrios before being attempted. Otherwise, the street art ends up, as in Mr. Ramos’ sad case, painted in blood and irony.

Related Reading:

Confrontando el mal: Ensayos sobre memoria, violencia y democracia (Moral, Ciencia y Sociedad) (Spanish Edition)
America
California: Portrait of a State (Portrait of a Place)
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

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Lacustrine Mermaids

Lacustrine Mermaids

Most associate mermaids with the marine environment. It seems, however, that Gestiefeltekatze enjoys the beauty of mermaids who prefer to inhabit more lacustrine habitats.

As this blog is called Reflections From A Murky Pond, I’m 100% in favor of more freshwater mermaids, especially ones who love lakes and ponds. 😉

Related Reading:

Stoner Babes Coloring Book
Babe
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
Mermaids: Coloring Book for Adults & Kids (Mermaid Coloring Book Series) (Volume 1)
The Wolf of the North: Wolf of the North Book 1 (Volume 1)

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